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Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

) pushed the Real Estate industry higher today making it today's featured real estate winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Annaly Capital Management rose 18 cents (1.1%) to $17.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.22-$17.42 after having opened the day at $17.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.21. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that increased today were:

ZipRealty

(

ZIPR

), up 14.4%,

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), up 10.8%,

Income Opportunity Realty Investors

(

IOT

), up 7.6%, and

CreXus Investment

(

CXS

), up 6.1%.

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a real estate investment trust, engages in the ownership, management, and financing of a portfolio of investment securities. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $16.84 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 115.2, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 54 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

HMG/Courtland Properties

(

TheStreet Recommends

HMG

), down 8%,

Elbit Imaging

(

EMITF

), down 6.8%,

MPG Office

(

MPG

), down 5.3%, and

IFM Investments

(

CTC

), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the real estate industry with

Prologis

(

PLD

) being today's real estate industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate

(

IYR

) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund

(

REK

).

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